Lindenhurst Memorial Library and the local nonprofit Save The Great South Bay are teaming up for a big cleanup day in and around Neguntatogue Creek in Lindenhurst.

Anyone is welcome to roll up their sleeves on Saturday, Oct. 17, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Volunteers can report to the library for gloves, bags, and pickers, along with a map of an area that needs to be cleaned up.

“The Neguntatogue Creek is right in our own backyards,” said the library’s director, Lisa Kropp. “This is a great way to give back to our community and help highlight our local eco-systems. We are thrilled to be partnering with a like-minded organization.”

Dave Schrader, who is the Lindenhurst Creek Defender through Save the Great South Bay’s creek defender program, seconded that notion.

“Our cleanup efforts are conducted entirely by students, families, and community members, and are supported by local businesses and the village and Town of Babylon,” he said. “Our motto is to ‘Start Where You Stand.'”

They’re doing so together. But to maintain social distancing, all groups will be limited in size and work independently. Masks will be required. Community service forms will be available for those who need them. 

The cleanup coincides with The Great Give Back, a community service initiative created by the Suffolk County Public Library Directors Association and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, in conjunction with the Nassau Library System, the announcement reads.

The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day of opportunities for the patrons of the state’s public libraries to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences. For more information on joining The Great Give Back Day, please call the Lindenhurst Memorial Library at 631-957-7755 or email them at info@lindenhurstlibrary.org. (courtesy photo)